No Excuse For Deaths Over Quran

Originally Published in The Chicago Sun Times

The incident of five American soldiers burning the holy Quran in Afghanistan was deplorable, but still does not justify killing of U.S. soldiers. [“Official: Mistakes led to Afghan Quran burnings, “Saturday]).

As a Muslim-American who emigrated from that region, I understand why the Afghans are angry and frustrated with our government. But they must realize that burning of the Quran was a mistake, while their heinous crimes to kill U.S. soldiers were a deliberate choice.

The Quran teaches us forgiveness, forbearance and humility. Sadly, these attributes were more evident in President Obama’s actions as compared to the Afghans. There is a way for my Muslim Afghan brothers to be good again: Accept the president’s apology.

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